But his story was stretched very thin by what had just happened.
In most places, the local police forces were stretched pretty thin.
Even so, we are stretched too thin with the western campaign.
The line was stretched too thin, but that couldn't matter.
The minister asked for help, but the police said they were stretched too thin.
Being stretched thin has produced different problems in each service.
We're stretched very thin but we expect to make it through the year.
"But there are too many now; the industry is stretched pretty thin."
Some critics wonder if the company is stretched too thin.
A military already stretched thin, he said, "must welcome the service of any American who is willing and able to do the job."